THAILAND: The Same Old Crowd

The coup was executed swiftly and bloodlessly. Special forces troops and a handful of tanks took up positions around the headquarters of the National Security Command in Bangkok, and Thais were told to listen for a special radio announcement. The news: Thailand's three-year-old constitution and the Parliament had been summarily abolished and replaced by a military-dominated junta headed by Premier Thanom Kittikachorn. Members of Parliament were allowed to collect $257.14 each in pay and allowances due them.

Summary Execution. For all the surface tranquillity, the coup imposed harsh military rule, complete...

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